Noise for the Needy, Shana Cleveland & the Sandcastles
NOISE FOR THE NEEDY: THE YOUNG EVILS, THE REDWOOD PLAN, LAND OF PINES, SEAPONY
There's only one all-ages event during this year's Noise for the Needy, otherwise known as "the week of rock shows that raise money for a local nonprofit," but it's quite a doozy. Headlining are the Young Evils, who perfected a breezy, Vaselines-tinged, boy/girl folk-rock sound on their 2010 debut, Enchanted Chapel. Look for them to cut loose onstage as they (let's hope) play some songs off their long-awaited follow-up EP. Elsewhere on this lineup you'll find the Redwood Plan, creators of rifftastic danceable punk songs for which even the most cynical arms-folded concertgoer would have a hard time standing still. This year's beneficiary for Noise for the Needy is the Seattle Community Law Center, which provides legal assistance for homeless and low-income people with disabilities, so come out tonight and show Seattle you don't have to be over 21 to know a good show—and cause—worth supporting. Crocodile, 9:30 pm, $10.
MICHAEL HURLEY, SHANA CLEVELAND & THE SANDCASTLES, LORI GOLDSTON
On Shana Cleveland's Bandcamp page, she describes her album Oh Man, Cover the Ground as "quiet time songs" that sound best "on a windy morning, or at night with no lights on, or on a slow day at the beach." With sparse and gorgeous instrumentation, the songs here have an intimate feel of those still moments, unfolding at a leisurely pace in comparison to Cleveland's work in her other band, the Americana-inflected, psych-jamming the Curious Mystery. There are several lazy and misguided "chick with an acoustic guitar" comparisons you could make here, from early Cat Power to Tiny Vipers' Jesy Fortino, but Cleveland doesn't possess the same aching, throaty, and somber voice of those singers. Together with her Sandcastles backing band, she makes inviting but no less emotionally resonant music that you don't have to be a sad sack to appreciate. Tonight, Cleveland shares a bill with Michael Hurley, a former Greenwich Village folkie who's been (sporadically) active since the mid-1960s, and Lori Goldston, master cellist from the long-standing local post-rock band Earth. 20/20 Cycle, 8 pm, $7.